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If you're considering the X2, this is a must read!!!!

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid X2' started by nateohio, Jun 19, 2011.

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    I'm tired of all the negativity surrounding the X2, so I figured I'd put out a review from someone who's had positive experience with it. I started my smartphone journey with a BB, then to a Droid Eris, Droid 2 and a Droid X. Also, I've always hacked/rooted/overclocked and ROMed my phones.

    I've had my X2 now for about a week and here is what I've done with it so far.

    Before I did anything else:

    -Formatted internal memory
    -Swapped out Class 4 SD card with a Class 6 card ($15 from amazon)
    -Formatted SD card

    I have NOT rooted, switched out launchers, or tweaked anything. I wanted to give Motoblur a no kidding chance to grow on me.

    I should also mention that I reboot my phone once a day. It's an old practice that I started using on computers years ago and carried it over to every smart phone I've owned.

    SCREEN:
    I love it!!!!! On a general basis, its the best screen I've had on a phone.

    Can you see the pentile grid???? Yes, if the phone is held in unnatural positions or the screen is off. Even then, only under certain lighting conditions.

    Pixelation???? Yes, but very slight and an easy trade off for me that pays off in battery consumption and usability in bright sunlight. Doesn't matter to me anyways because I use anti glare screen protectors that pixelize even the sharpest displays.

    Is it better than ANY phone I've had when using it outdoors in bright sunlight???? Absolutely!!!!

    SPEED / RESPONSIVENESS
    I have experienced ONE instance of Lag on this badboy. Its entirely able to be replicated also. This one instance of lag is when using the Car Dock App and only happens when scrolling to the second screen. I believe this is a software glitch and not the fault of the hardware in the phone at all.

    With the exception of the above mentioned instance, this phone screams!!!! I really can't wait until we get some developer roms for this thing, because this thing will fly with a vanilla gingerbread on it!!!!!

    The one negative I need to mention is the fact that the phone does seem to take about a second longer to wake up from sleep. I think that developer roms will fix this but it's mildly aggravating to me.

    CALL QUALITY / NETWORK PERFORMANCE
    Very simply put, the BEST of all the phones I've had experience with. Full signal at my work where my Droid 2/X was lucky to get 1/2-3/4 signal, and crystal clear calling.

    CAMERA / CAMCORDER PERFORMACE
    The camera is the best quality I've dealt with, and performs superbly. It may be exact same camera that the X shipped with, but I guarantee you that moto rewrote the software that controls it. Which can make a HUGE difference.

    The camcorder is decent, I wouldn't say its great. It takes watchable videos and seems to adjust easily to varying conditions. That being said, I think that expecting HD Camcorder performance from a cell phone is utterly ridiculous!!!!

    SOUND / MUSIC / VIDEO PLAYBACK
    I've tested all of these using the phone speaker, head phones, bluetooth, and also the Aux cable that came with my car dock. The bluetooth and aux cable were connected and controlled by my ford explorers sync system.

    I've played music/video from both the internal memory and sd card, and I have experiences ZERO playback issues. No loud pops, no cutouts, NOTHING!!!! This also includes making/answering phone calls while connected to my vehicles sync system.

    FINAL THOUGHTS
    I don't know if there is a bad batch of phones out there or if people screw things up with apps, rooting, freezing/removing apps, or any number of other things. But my experience is almost 100% positive with the X2

    In case you didn't catch it earlier, my phone is completely 100% unmodified stock software. I haven't done anything except throw some widgets on my home screens and install my normal apps.

    In my opinion, the X2, at least my sample, is the best 3G phone available on Verizon currently.

    If you guys have any questions, please feel free to ask. I'm pretty good at checking things out at least once a day and will get back to you. You can also PM me if you'd like.
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    As I just pointed out to a member in another thread, you will hear 10 complaints before you hear a positive post. I agree that the negativity is blown way out of proportion.

    Your's is about the third positive thread I've seen a week, but sadly they always get overwhelmed by negative posts.
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    Thank you for at least shining some light on this phone. I have had mine through the initial 48 hour "warm-up" period and I have had zero problems so far. Since then I have rooted and ran the supercharger script and put Launcher Pro Plus on it and it really makes me wow at the fact that phones can be this fast.

    I am so glad I purchased the phone before coming here because the whole front page of posts is talking about people that are having major issues.

    Cheers!
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    I honestly don't see any wrong with the Droid X². Only real compliants is no 4G and looks virtually the same. Used one for a few hours and its really nice. Lots of people love the DX - the second generation DX only brings great stuff to the table. Very underrated device for such ridiculous reasons.

    Sent from my ThunderBolt
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    I honestly have no need for 4G. I regularly get 1.5-1.8 megabit download and .5 megabit download on 3G. Which is a hell of lot faster then the home internet I was using when I lived in Turkey which topped out at 768kbs. When I'm at home, I use my wireless internet in the house.

    When 4G becomes industry standard and i can get a reliable connection in most places, then I MAY dump my home internet and just pay for tethering because it'll most likely still be cheaper than my home internet.
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    Another thread that makes me want the x2! But sadly my upgrade isn't for another year......
    Anyways I bet once there is a root and some ROMs out this phone will blow most phones out of the water. (not saying it doesn't right now)
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    I've had a few issues out of my X2. But I still love it. I believe that this phone a a lot of potential and may have a lot going for it. Just can't wait to get that Gingerbread Update. :p
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    Although I am getting to like motoblur, I cant wait for some developer support for this thing.

    Running a liberty rom on this thing would be awesome!!!!! I hope we get that before Gingerbread, especially considering all the problems the X has had with it.
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    This phone flies - HATERS

    Like others, I'm sick of all the hate this phone receives. This thing is a straight up beast. Here is what I did:

    *Rooted
    *REMOVED Bloatware Apps
    *FROZE VCast and other apps
    *Blocked ads
    *V6 Supercharger with Mega-Memory settings
    *ADW EX
    *Spare Parts - stripped down version

    I can't find a phone that compares. My buddy has an X1 that I put Liberty GB on. It's OC'd. It doesn't even touch my phone. Internet pages load in seconds - with Wi-Fi it's ridiculous. Downloads - quick. Screen - beautiful. Sure you can see some pixelation, but outside viewing is amazing. The camera is more than adequate. Once a Dev gets ahold of this thing, it's going to be nuts. Seriously, people need to stop sleeping on this. This phone is way underrated.

    I'm sure many people will say "Locked bootloader" blah blah blah. Sure, it has a locked bootloader, but so does the X1. Look what CVPCS just did with that? CM7? Boomcakes!

    Warmest regards,
    Satisfied X2 Owner
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    Threads merged.
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    How do I do the same????

    Sent from my DROID X2 using DroidForums
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    Ditto, ditto, ditto. I can't say for everyone but I've had no problems since I bought this phone except for trying to get the tape off the box quick enough. Supercharging by itself beefed this monster up. Thanx to all the proactive posters in this forum...helping out and all.
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    V6 SuperCharger Updated...
    Has a slightly modified MegaMemory device setting among other fixes
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    Considering the build, nice display, great radios, battery life, etc., I REALLY wanted to keep the DX2, but I had audio pops with MP3s (internal and microsd storage), lag accumulation and random reboots.

    The problems IMO seem to be low operational ram related and it should be a MAJOR flag to folks when they have to use an app designed for the 256mb ram Droid 1, in order to make the device work semi-stable.

    The DX2 is a 512mb device that behaves like a 256mb device. Sad but true.
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    Sad but true that you cannot understand the term Memory Fix for ALL Androids...
    Sad but true that you cannot understand the term MegaMemory Device Settings...
    Sad but true that you returned, based on what I've read, the BEST phone EVER (after supercharging of course).


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    Please understand.....we're not just "hating" on the x2 and giving it negative feedback because we hate the world. It's because we're genuinely having issues. Of course you'll see more negative than positive. When people have a problem, they look on the internet to fix it (especially when neither VZ or Moto is ANY help). When there is no problem, you don't even think about it.

    After the rooting and V6SC and all that the phone response is beautiful. At this point my only issue is with the music player. Pathetic. It was a problem on both X2's I tried. Otherwise the phone is also one of the best I've ever had, but since music is one of the main things I use my phone for....it's just so annoying. And ok yeah you can do all this stuff to "fix" it but...why should I spend $200 and a contract on a phone I have to "fix?"
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    Sad but true the settings have to be done for a device that is supposed to have 512mb and my gTablet has 512mb, Tegra 2 and Froyo with ZERO of the noted issues and performs BETTER than the DX2, in spite of having a higher res display. It seems that even with a high allocation to the Tegra 2 (too high), there is still missing ram and a memory leak that accumulates while running and is not corrected until a reboot.

    The issues (audio pops, random reboots and accumulated lag) are REAL and even VZW store management admits the issues are happening. The DX2 acts like it only has 256mb of operational RAM- hence the need to mod the device. My older Incredible and my son's Droid 1 performs better than the DX2, after about an hour of use.

    BTW, I gave the device a good review (9/10) at Androidforums, since figured the problems were due to legacy apps I installed. The same issues happened after resetting to stock and with minimal apps. I like the potential of the device, so took my time trying to fix (within the 14 days).

    added:

    Most folks will not mod, so would be screwed after the 14 days. If folks expect the issues to be fixed with Gingerbread, you will probably have to wait for GB 2.3.4 and if lucky, an August update- seems too long to hope & wait and the issues might not get fixed.
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    Is there an actual turorial for the DX2 Supercharger Install? I have been reading whats available and I'm a bit challenged on the install...Can someone help teach a newby the following:

    *REMOVED Bloatware Apps
    *FROZE VCast and other apps
    *Blocked ads
    *V6 Supercharger with Mega-Memory settings

    Thank you...

    Mike


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    I was able to figure it all out from that thread, and this was my first time doing anything like this.

    Not sure it's going to help, but it's nice to have all the bloat and blur frozen, as well as full control over a device you own.

    ^^^emphasis mine^^^

    Zep... thanks for your work on the Supercharging script (I am assuming you did it based upon your sig line and other posts of yours I have read). It's a very nice piece of work, and I loved the humor and witty comments in the script as I was running it.

    And up until a couple of hours ago, I thought it was the solution for the media skipping issue.

    It may be mitigating it somewhat, but eventually the problem rears it's ugly head again.

    I don't know why some posts you have read claiming the DX2 to be the greatest thing since sliced bread are more valid for you than those of us posting about our problems. Look through this forum, there are plenty of us experiencing the same issue. It seems appropriate to give equal weight to both reports, and conclude that either there is a large number of defective phones, or a systemic issue with all the phones that some users simply haven't run into yet.

    I am willing to consider either possibility.

    While I am a newbie to modifying these phones, I have been exclusively a Droid user for going on two years now.

    The media playing issue is real. I have the following phones at home: D1, DX and DX2. I can take the media card out of the DX2 (even my old Class 2), pop it into either the D1 or the DX and play songs all day long with zero issues. None, zip, nada. Up until I bought the DX2, that is what I was doing with my DX... Sitting at my desk at work, listening to media off my card for 8 hours a day.

    Pop that same SD card into my gingerbroke, supercharged and bloat/blur frozen DX2 (my second one, BTW), and within a few hours of playing media, I can demonstrate an issue.
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